Sunday, December 25, 2011
Easy Christmas Trees
Last year when I did a shooting star manicure look, April from Concrete and Nail Polish commented that the same look would work well for Christmas trees. I didn't try it last year, but I wanted to try it this year, and I have to tell you - this is the easiest Christmas Tree nail art you will ever do!
Christmas trees for every nail!
You will need three colors for this manicure. From left to right (all by OPI): Skull & Glossbones, Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow Suede, and Fresh Frog of Bel Air.
A light, neutral shade like Skull & Glossbones is the perfect background for the green of the pine trees that make up Christmas trees. This is two coats with a quick-dry top coat on top.
For Step 2 you will need two strips of blue tape per nail. Using the two strips of tape to form a triangle, where the top of the triangle will not come to the top of your nail (so you will have room to add the star at the top of the Christmas tree).
Step 3 is a repeat of Step 2, but this time you will add the glitter top coat. Fresh Frog of Bel Air makes the perfect glitter top coat for the Christmas tree because the green glitter adds sparkle to the tree, while the silver glitter adds a snow-like look to the tree (or like Christmas baubles that hang on the tree).
Repeating Step 2, cut two strips of tape for every nail, but this time you will start by placing one strip of tape along one side of the tree that was made in Step 2, where the other strip of tape will mark off the other side of the tree, so the glitter top coat will only go over the tree that was already painted on (as shown in the photo above).
Step 4 is to simply add the stars to the top of the trees you have created. If you have the nail stickers Kiss released this Halloween, one of the sets of Halloween themed stickers had a sheet with yellow-gold stars interspersed throughout, and these are the stars that were used for this manicure. If you are going to use jewels or gems for the stars, start by placing a drop of top coat on the tip of the tree before placing the jewel so it sticks. If you are using nail stickers like the ones here, you can skip that step.
After adding the stars to the top of each tree, simply add a top coat to seal it all in, and you have a Christmas Tree for each nail!
Thanks again to April from Concrete and Nail Polish for the great idea! I think it works great as Christmas Trees, and I'm so glad she mentioned it - I don't think I would have tried it otherwise!
So what do you think of this nail design? Does it look like something you'll try? What did you wear on your nails for Christmas?